By Birn, Anne-Emanuelle; Brown, Theodore M.
This assortment brings jointly a bunch of execs and activists whose lives were devoted to future health internationalism. by way of proposing a mix of historic money owed and first-hand reflections, those essays target to attract consciousness to the longstanding foreign actions of the wellbeing and fitness left and the teachings they introduced domestic. The involvement of those revolutionary U.S. health and wellbeing pros is presented opposed to the heritage of overseas and family coverage, social pursuits, and worldwide politics. Read more...
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In July, he helped found Die Medizinische Reform (Medical Reform), a weekly newspaper that focused on the societal origins of disease and the politics of medical reform. Under the banners “medicine is a social science and politics is nothing but medicine on a grand scale” and “the physician is the natural attorney of the poor,” Medical Reform promoted what French physician Jules Guérin soon christened “social medicine” and advocated an agenda of physician activism on behalf of the vulnerable and downtrodden.
S. 57 In 1918 and 1919 several American journalists—Reed and Lincoln Steffens most famously—visited Russia and on their return wrote and lectured in glowing terms about their admiration for the achievements of the Bolshevik revolution. In late summer 1919, in the year of the Comintern, Reed and about two hundred others founded the American Communist Party in Chicago. S. 58 Part of Lenin’s motivation in founding the Comintern was to create a worldwide network of Bolshevik supporters and Communist parties because of his fear that the counterrevolutionary powers of world capitalism would crush the Russian Revolution, just as reactionary European powers had crushed the Paris Commune.
He was regularly called upon by philanthropic foundations, public agencies, labor unions, and the media, not only to provide historical perspective but also to interpret contemporary political and medical events. Sigerist thus served as a major spokesperson on such pressing national issues as universal health insurance and was much sought after as a popular lecturer and radio commentator. He published articles in mass circulation magazines (even appearing on the cover of Time magazine), as well as in progressive and left-wing reviews such as Atlantic Monthly, PM, Science and Society, and New Masses.